This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used. — Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I know you have heard the Chuck Norris sayings, so here's some of the aviation inspired ones. There are more, these are just my favorites.
Chuck Norris doesn't request clearances, he states intentions.
Chuck Norris never gets vectors to final . . . final gets vectored to
Chuck Norris is the only person ever to land on runway 37.
Hijackers squawk 7400 when Chuck Norris is on board
If you ever lose sight of Chuck Norris, check your six o'clock.
When Chuck Norris taxies onto the runway, incoming traffic is told to
Chuck Norris never "loses" altitude, he simply gets rid of it when he no
longer has any use for it.
Chuck Norris has never landed with a crosswind. The wind would never
dare get cross with Chuck Norris.
When Chuck Norris flies, the altimeter setting is 00.00. Chuck Norris is
never under pressure.
When the BASH condition is Red, planes don't fly. When the BASH
condition is Norris, birds don't fly.
Chuck Norris has never had a midair collision, He has shot down any
plane that has gotten within 10 miles
When told to break at the numbers, Chuck Norris politely reminded the
controller that Chuck Norris cannot be broken and proceeded with the
Right of Way rules do not apply when Chuck Norris is flying. If you are
flying toward Chuck Norris, you are wrong.
Chuck Norris doesn't shoot approaches...he kills them.
Chuck Norris is never off of glideslope, the glideslope is off of Chuck
Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier with his Bell X-1 Jet. Chuck Norris
broke the sound barrier with his fist.
Chuck Norris doesn't manage operational risk...he seeks it.
An ejection seat is not safe until Chuck Norris gets out of it.
Chuck Norris doesn't need crew rest...he never sleeps.
Chuck Norris was once denied a clearance...once
Minimum Safe Altitudes do not apply when Chuck Norris is airborne, if
you are in the air when Chuck Norris is flying you are never safe.
Chuck Norris is never given the instructions "when able" . Chuck Norris
is never unable to do anything.
Favorable winds are always in the same direction as Chuck Norris' flight
Chuck Norris has never had to adapt his eyes to the dark. His infrared
vision is working perfectly fine.
T-45 Anti Icing Capabilities: Pitot Heat, 5th Stage Bleed Air, Chuck
A permanent TFR surrounds Chuck Norris...no one is safe.
Chuck Norris cannot be tracked on radar, if he appears, it is too late;
you are already dead.
A good flight for Chuck Norris is a bad flight for you.
Leading cause of disorientation for pilots: Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris once moved a stationary front.
Chuck Norris is the only person to graduate SERE School via
Chuck Norris isn't holding, he is circling above his victims.
The weather outlook for the area around Chuck Norris: 100% Chance of
Sunday, July 15, 2007
you are a bigot tina fey
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
As requested, here is a post about one of my favorite things.... beer! For me it has been an acquired taste, but now I am the current expert resident of the Chick Pilot house (we also have a wine and cooking expert, all the necessities). I cannot say that I discriminate when it comes to the actual drinking, but when given a choice, I do like variety.
You can find a good history of beer here, but I'll include the highlights:
-The Sumarians discovered fermenting by chance (I think there was some divine inspiration)
-In the Gilgamesh Epic, some dude named Enkido drank seven cups of beer and went from being primitive to being cultured. Too bad today the opposite happens.
- The Babylonians brewed 20 kinds of beer, and made women do the brewing
- The Romans thought beer was barbarian after they discovered wine
- Monks drank the pleasant tasting, highly nutritious beverage when they fasted.
- When the brewing went wrong during the Middle Ages, brewers were accused of being "beer witches" (burn her!)
- The Germans enacted a Beer Purity Law in 1516, the oldest valid food law in the world
- When the first German railway line was opened in 1835, its first cargo was beer
Now for the most part, I'm a big wheat beer fan. Any kind of hefeweizen or maybe a Blue Moon with an orange in it is quite tasty. Lately however, I am drinking more ales. They have more complex tastes, and there are more to be had. I previously blogged about my current favorite beer, Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Rogue makes a nice honey brown also that has a surprising vanilla aftertaste. I have been drinking a lot of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat also, and it takes like blueberries.
For general drinking with the boys in the O club on a Friday night, we usually end up drinking your standard Miller Lite or Bud Light. I know they are not fancy, but they do put out some good commercials. Sometimes we'll go crazy and have some Shiner Bock, another good beer that goes down easy.
Please share your own favorite beers. Like I said, I enjoy variety, so I'm always looking for something new to try. Happy drinking!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Yeah, I was a big Transformers fan when I was little. I saw it last night, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. Good action, some comic relief, and freakin awesome effects when it comes to the Transformers themselves. Plus, lots of Air Force involvement. Its about darned time we got in a good movie! John over at OPFOR has a good assessment, and he even has the Air Force coverage on shooting last year at Holloman AFB:
And my current favorite band made the new theme song! Have a listen to Mute Math's version on their MySpace. They did a great job, and their style goes so well with the movie.
One thing that never does add up in movies though...One of my buddies made the observation that whenever there is some top secret agency that no one knows about, they are always portrayed as idiots or on some big power trip. If they are so power hungry and a few cards short of a deck, how in the world do they remain so top secret?
Anyway, see it... its worth the $8 or whatever you have to fork out for a movie these days.
robin olds interview
In with the AirVenture 2007 videos is a 30 minute interview with Robin Olds. It is a great piece of history, and it reminds me of talking to my grandfathers. A true hero, a man's man, and one bad ass fighter pilot.
H/T Dennis Collins over at Hangarview
Sunday, July 01, 2007
quote of the weekend
From Sportscenter, the sum of all wisdom... Or was that the Godfather?
"Serenity now, obscenities later."
I like it. I think I might use it with students.
And the new office:
Yeah, I have to look at the back of the student's nugget all day long, but at least the A/C works and I trust the instruments. That's more than I could say with the last jet.